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Most people who tore an ACL or their cartilage can explain in detail how it happened.  Some heard the “pop”, others went to take a step and their knee “just wasn’t there.”  A traumatic event to the knee can lead to osteoarthritis years later.  Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear disease.  The cartilage erodes slowly, one step at a time.  The knee tracks differently once it has been injured.  The knee joint slides, glides, and rotates.  Changing the bio-mechanics of the knee, even just slightly can, cause your body weight to be carried differently.  The change in how your knee cartilage absorbs your body weight can be damaging over the years.

So what can you do?  Knee replacement may be a foregone conclusion but it can certainly be delayed.  Maintaining a healthy body weight is crucial.  The more weight you carry the more stress you put on your knees.  Stretching is also important.  Keeping the muscles surrounding your knee limber helps your knee track properly.  Exercise will make your knee feel better over the long term.  Moderate exercise can help delay knee replacement, help you lose weight, and help you stretch your muscles.